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Purdue for Life Foundation


Invest in Purdue. Engage with Boilermakers. Be recognized as a founding member.

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The 1869 Society is a corporate giving society with businesses of all sizes that are committed philanthropic supporters of the greatest areas of need for Purdue Athletics. Join us as one of the first 1,869 participants to be considered a Founding Member.


University enrollment is at an all-time high of 52,211 students, and Purdue Athletics has been one of the primary drivers of its growth and popularity. Annually, approximately one million alumni, fans, and friends spend time in athletic venues. In order to continue this legacy, we have created this society to engage corporations both philanthropically as well as in a way that assists with the development of Purdue student-athletes beyond their time on campus. 


Make an investment of $5,000 or more to impact the lives of the student-athletes you cheer on, see as role models, and may hire one day. By doing so, you will receive a variety of associated benefits outlined below.

By the


for May 2024 student-
athlete graduates


across 18 boilermaker sport programs

U.S. states



underrepresented minority students

as opposed to campus’ 10%



*Payable and accessible over a five-year period, subject to availability and will be reviewed annually.



All benefits of the $5,000+ level, plus:

  • Host student-athlete career development workshops and community service opportunities
  • Keynote speaker opportunities within Purdue Athletics
  • Customized recruitment and hiring assistance
  • Recognition at signature Old Gold & Black Dinner and exclusive AD Dinners
  • Access to Purdue Athletics facilities for corporate events
  • John Purdue Club Day hole sponsorship


All benefits of the $5,000+ and $25,000+ levels, plus:



  • Beck’s Hybrids Inc.
  • Electric Plus, Inc.
  • Methodist Sports Medicine Center Corporate
  • Midland Trust
  • Milestone Contractors LP
  • The Russell Company
  • Shelby Materials
  • Vetronix Research
  • Wabash National Corporation


  • Anthem, Inc.
  • Aramark Corporation
  • Bio Town Ag, Inc.
  • Charles Hetrick
  • DeFouw Chevrolet-BMW
  • Elayken, LLC
  • Flexware Innovation
  • Fox Contractors Corp.
  • Fulmer Seeds and Services Incorporated
  • Gridiron Metal Works
  • Herrema Dairy LLC
  • Huston Electric, Inc.
  • Integrated Distribution Services, Inc.
  • Irving Materials Incorporated
  • JCB Trucking


  • Accurate Property Management
  • ACPP Construction Services, Inc.
  • Allman Johnson CPA
  • American Structurepoint Inc.
  • Applied Engineering Services Inc.
  • Bastian Solutions
  • Brand Electric, Inc.
  • Butler, Fairman & Seufert Inc.
  • Commonwealth Engineers Inc.
  • Dold Financial Group
  • Don Ayres Honda
  • Duncan Supply Company, Inc.
  • Encore Landscape
  • Employer 401k Solutions
  • Fleetwood Chevrolet Buick
  • Harry’s Chocolate Shop
  • Henry Poor Lumber Co.
  • Hovde, Dassow & Deets LLC
  • Jabe, LLC
  • Kelaca
  • Keller Macaluso LLC
  • Liston & Tsantilis PC
  • Purdue Federal Credit Union
  • Raeco Realty
  • Salbery Brothers Landscaping
  • Tom Sibbitt Chevrolet Buick
  • Wilson Industrial Sales Company Inc.
  • Winco Construction
Build the legacy of Purdue Athletics. support our student-athletes. promote your business’ values.


Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.